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Thursday, 21 September 2017

We are only pretending that all is well with our country, it is in crisis"- Governor Nyesom Wike says

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that the country is in crisis because of poor governance, nepotism, marginalization and state-sponsored repression continue to do violence to national unity and cohesion. The governor also appealed to all well-meaning Nigerians to call on the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed to stop stoking the embers of disharmony and divisions in the polity with his irresponsible utterances and wild allegations against members of opposition political parties.
He spoke while declaring open the All Nigeria Editors Conference holding in Port Harcourt today September 21st. 
"We are only pretending we think that all is well with our country. The country is in crisis as poor governance, nepotism, marginalization and state-sponsored repression continue to do violence to nation unity and cohesion. At times like this, the country needs forthright leadership and consensus building to steer the ship of state from the wrong direction it is headed to safer grounds. Nigerians of goodwill must therefore call the Minister of Information to stop stoking the ambers of disharmony and divisions in the polity with his irresponsible utterances and wild allegations against members of opposition political parties." he said
The governor pointed out that by his unguarded utterances, the Minister of Information has implied that it was the then opposition that sponsored (APC) that was sponsoring Boko Haram operations.
The governor noted that the clamour for political restructuring, fiscal federalism, State police and guarantees for free and fair elections have never been so determined across the country. He said the calls will never go away, pointing out that it is becoming clearer by the day that to ignore this call is pretentiously dangerous to the unity and peaceful co-existence of this country.
"For some of us therefore, there is nothing nobler than being counted on this path and as long as God gives us breathe we shall remain in the trenches fighting for our democratic rights and freedoms until victory is ultimately achieved. But, we also believe that this is a fight that should and must be led by the media for full effect and agenda setting. This calls for greater vigilance and courage in giving effective voice to the contending issues and taking personal responsibility for factuality.It can’t be otherwise." he said
Governor Wike regretted that despite the monumental achievements of his administration, the opposition in the state have continued to undermine development, with tacit support from the Federal Government and a politically inclined police.
"Therefore, when a supposed opposition goes beyond the bonds of decency in conjuring lies to rubbish and undermine every effortof ours to serve and advance the progress of the State, then the media owes society the duty to investigate and expose their mischievous intentions with the facts at their disposal. At any rate, those who live in glass houses, they say, should avoid throwing stones. As our representatives in the Federal Government, are they not responsible for attracting development projects to Rivers State?".
The governor outlined the achievements of his administration, despite inheriting a state destroyed by the immediate past administration of Rotimi Amaechi.

Wizkid makes 2018 Guinness Book of World Records (photo)

Wizkid makes 2018 Guinness Book of World Records (photo)

Nigerian music superstar, Wizkid, has made his first ever debut on the Guinness Book of World Records.
The singer is now the first Afro-pop artist on the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records after his collaboration song with Drake, One Dance, became the most streamed song on Spotify, globally with over 1 billion streams.
Twitter user @9ja_canadian, shared snapshots from the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records which show the singer’s name featured in the book

NEWSBREAKING: EFCC blocks ex-minister Alison-Madueke’s offer to return to Nigeria for trial


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday successfully blocked an attempt by embattled former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to return to Nigeria from London to face trial.
Mrs. Alison-Madueke had fled to London shortly after she left office in May 2015, and has stayed away from the country since then.
She later became an object of interest to the UK National Crime Agency which has since then being investigating her for corruption and money laundering. Already some assets linked to her in that country have been frozen.
Those familiar with the matter say she is barred from travelling out of the UK while the investigation lasts.
But it now appears the former minister is tired of staying in the UK, and now wants to return to Nigeria, where she is also being investigated for massive corruption.
As part of the plot, she recently filed an application before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking to be joined as defendant in the trial of businessman Jide Omokore.
Mr. Omokore, chairman, Atlantic Energy Brass Development and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept, is facing a nine-count charge along with Victor Briggs, a former Managing Director, National Petroleum Development Company; Abiye Membere, a former Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production at the NNPC, and David Mbanefo, a former Manager, Planning and Commercial at NNPC, for an alleged $1.6 billion fraud.
But counsel for Mrs. Alison-Madueke, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), suddenly, on September 18, filed an application for his client to be joined as defendant, based on the fact that her name was mentioned in count eight of the charge.
He sought an amendment of the charge to include her as the seventh defendant, “in order to give her the opportunity to defend herself”.
In the said application, the former minister also requested the court to direct the Attorney General of the Federation to facilitate her appearance in court in Nigeria on the next adjourned date in October 2017.
That would have meant Nigeria requesting Britain to allow her travel out of the UK to attend the court hearing.
The EFCC however interpreted her action as a ploy to escape prosecution in the UK and frustrate the ongoing trial in Nigeria.
In mounting a strong challenge to the application, the counsel for the EFCC, M.S. Abubakar, in an 18-paragraph counter-affidavit, vehemently opposed the filing, arguing that, “the applicant realized she was being investigated, and she absconded abroad and sometimes in March this year operatives were in London, but her lawyers refused to allow the operatives interview her.
“My lord, this present application is a plot by the applicant to enable her escape prosecution in London, also to enable her come to Nigeria and scuttle the ongoing case which has already gotten to an advanced stage.”
After hearing arguments by both parties, Justice Dimgba declined to grant the application, and instead, struck out the eighth count in which the former minister’s name appeared.
The verdict effectively ended her dream of returning home after holing up in London for more than two years.
It remains unclear whether she would appeal the ruling.
The trial of Mr. Omokore and his co-defendants continues on October 5, the spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said in a statement. (PremiumTimes

General overseer loses church’s N1.8m to fraudster


A suspected fraudster, Mr. David Nwagbosama, has allegedly duped the General Overseer (GO) of Liberation Embassy Incorporated Church, Festac Town, Lagos, of N1.8 million.
The money was said to have been entrusted to the GO, Prophet Lenke Fire, to keep for the church located at 3rd Avenue, H Close, Festac Town.
Fire was said to have given the money to Nwagbosama for undisclosed transaction but it turned out that the transaction was a scam. After the suspect obtained the money from the prophet he reportedly vanished without fulfilling his own side of the business deal.
Nwagbosama was later arrested by the police and arraigned before a Lagos court for allegedly defrauding the prophet and later remanded in prison custody. It was learnt that when the suspect was contacted to refund the money, he allegedly threatened the prophet and the church,TheNation learnt.
The prophet, thereafter, reported the matter to police while Nwagbosama was arrested and arraigned before Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for obtaining and stealing under the State Criminal Code. But Nwagbosama pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Mrs. B. O. Osunsanmi, granted him bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum. He was remanded in prison custody pending when he will perfect his bail condition. Osunsanmi adjourned the case till November 2.

'Blac Chyna doesn't exist to them anymore" - Kim K cuts out Rob's estranged babymama from an old photo while calling out the paparazzi

Kim K-West again made it clear that the Kardashian-Jenner clan have severed ties with Blac Chyna, after she cut her out from an old photo where she orignally appeared with Rob and their daughter, Dream.
This she did while reacting to Paparazzi re-selling old photos of her brother as new images.

Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham to dump England for Nigeria - NFF claims

Football star, Tammy Abraham, 19, is reportedly ready to switch international allegiance to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The Chelsea striker who’s on loan at Swansea City this season, is rated as one of England's brightest young talents. He was born in the UK to Nigerian parents. 
Despite winning nine Under 21 caps for England, the former Bristol City star has been promised by Nigerian Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick, who is a friend of the striker's father,  that he will have a place in the squad for next year's World Cup, should the Super Eagles qualify for Russia 2018.

President Buhari departs New York For London

President Buhari has departed New York where he attended the 72nd UN General Assembly. He is en-route London where he is expected to see his medical doctors. The presidency is yet to disclose when he would be returning to Nigeria. 

Georgia teacher suspended for assigning sixth-graders homework featuring rapper Kodak Black’s lyrics

A Georgia middle school teacher was suspended for assigning homework to her sixth grade students that featured explicit lyrics by rapper Kodak Black.
The teacher got into trouble after Crishana Wright, a mother of one of her pupils, saw the homework given to them and couldn't help being shocked. Crishana said she reviewed her daughter, Kalani's homework and found words that appeared to be explicit, violent and sexually suggestive rap lyrics.

Huddah Monroe calls Diamond Platnumz a pussy, advise ladies not advertise their men

Controversial Kenyan socialite, Huddah Monroe who was once accused by Zari Hassan of sleeping with her partner Diamond Platnumz has referred to Diamond Platnumz as a pussy following his recent cheating scandal. 
She also advised ladies not advertise their men. Read what she wrote below...

'Give me back my N2m donation' - Father Mbaka tells Enugu Rangers FC as he accuses the club of fetish dealings

Catholic priest and Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministry, Enugu State, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has reportedly asked for his N2 million donation he made to the Rangers International FC of Enugu when they won the Nigeria Professional football last season.
The controversial priest is said to have been angered after the donation went to the wrong hands. He also blamed the club's failure to retain the Nigeria Professional football trophy this season due to their fetish practice before matches, Vanguard report.
A source close to Mbaka said: “He has given the dissolved management two weeks to give him back the money, so that he could share the money to the players himself.”
Last week, Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi fired the management and board of Rangers International FC of Enugu for failing to retain the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL)  title.
At the just concluded NPFL, the Enugu Rangers who won the 2015/2016 Nigerian Premier League trophy were only able to finish at the mid-table. Plateau United dethrone them as Nigerian champions after they defeated the former holders  2-0 at the Rwang Pam Stadium last two weeks.

NEWS25-year-old high school teacher sleeps with 4 teen male students; 2 in same night

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A former high school teacher in Arkansas accused of sleeping with four different students — two of them in the same night — stood before a judge Wednesday.
Jessie Lorene Goline, 25, faces one count of first-degree sexual assault, Arkansas Online reported.
Four students — three from Marked Tree School District and one from East Poinsett County School District — allegedly had sex with Goline, who was a teacher at Marked Tree High School, from January to April 2016, according to Arkansas Online.
Goline reportedly contacted the students via text message, which, according to court documents, “became more and more sexual in nature.”
One of the students stated Goline texted him and asked him to go to her apartment, where they later had sexual intercourse.
Another student said Goline picked him up in Marked Tree, then drove him to her apartment in Jonesboro, where they had sex twice, KAIT-TV reported. That student told authorities that another student also visited Goline’s apartment that same night.
A third student told Arkansas State Police that Goline sent him sexually explicit texts, including a photo of herself in undergarments. The student said Goline commented on “how good he looked in class,” and “texted him that she would like to have sex with him but he was too young.”
Goline told authorities that she had sexual relations with four students, according to Arkansas Online, but believed one of them was 18, when he was “way younger than what he had told her.”
Court documents stated that Goline went to Principal Matt Wright’s office crying, while he was in the midst of reporting the situation to the Arkansas Crimes Against Children hotline.
When Wright asked if she had any inappropriate contact with students, Goline allegedly said, “I’m not going to lose my husband,” but added, “We had sex.”
Goline was booked into the Craighead County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon on a $5,000 bond, and was waiting for an Oct. 31 court appearance. KAIT-TV reported she was released from custody later in the afternoon.
If convicted, Goline could face 10 to 40 years, or life, in prison.

I was burnt completely and left to die’ – 22-yr-old burn survivor Desire Benjamin shares her emotional story

Desire Benjamin

Sometime last year, then 21-year-old aspiring model, Desire Benjamin Chinenye defied all odds to live and heal after an indoor gas explosion left her burnt completely and almost to the point of death.
Here’s what happened;
“She woke up at about 6am to boil water to bathe for work, she turned on the gas and struck the matches, it didn’t catch, then she did it again, it was then we heard the explosion.
The fire threw her against the door, and then blocked her exit, according to her, she didn’t know the force dat got her too her feet, and so she entered the fire and rushed out of the kitchen to the room, the fire chased her out, the rug where she was standing on got burnt.”
‘Her family members who had been asleep when the explosion happened jumped out of bed and amidst the chaos, did the first logical thing that came to mind: grabbed a few buckets of water from the bathroom and threw on her. They succeeded in quenching the fire, but by this time, c was so badly burnt and had 
Fast forward to yesterday 20th of September,  A new Chinenye, who has now healed and learned how to embrace her scars, shared her story with the 234Stars on what really happened, how she survived and how this incident brought out a new her.
‘I had a friend in the hospital that we used to pray together. One night, her line went flat (ie the electrocardiogram which monitored her heart beat pinged off, signifying that she had stopped breathing).’ Another pointer that the very next second wasn’t guaranteed- she too could simply stop breathing at anytime.But she didn’t.
She endured the pain, sometimes bursting into maniacal laughter from excessive pain that her brain could not properly process. Eventually, by some sort of miracle, the burns healed enough for her to start learning how to walk again before being certified fit to leave the hospital.
It was after I was discharged that the true reality of what happened to me fully dawned on me. Having strangers walk up to me at the mall and tell me to cover up because my scars were “unsightly”, and not being able to go back to work because I felt people will concentrate on My scars more than they would the product I was trying to sell was a constant occurrence and I found herself having to stay indoors for long hours- my slowly healing skin was in danger of itching and getting infected if I was ever in a humid environment anyway.
“That can’t be me,” “I can’t sit in the house because people are not comfortable with how I am. The scars on my body are a sign of victory. I overcame what tried to consume me and I should be proud of it.”
“Some people have scars even if not physically, they have emotional scars. If I’m able to reach out to them, encourage them and try to help them gain back their confidence in anyway that I can, I believe that would be fine.”
Chinenye turns 23 in a couple of weeks! The new her might really be what would help another survivor scale through, if not her scars atleast her story!

Dbanj was stupid to leave Donjazzy, he has no talent – Eedris Abdulkareem

Eedris Abdulkareem

Eedris Abdulkareem has been blasting his fellow singers lately and he is not sorry! The veteran Nigerian rapper has come for 2Baba, Mr Eazi and even Davido.
In this new interview with GoldMyTV, he said Dbanj has no talent and was stupid to leave Donjazzy.

NEWSNnamdi Kanu’s cousin killed during shootout set to be buried today (Photos)

Nnamdi Kanu’s cousin

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu’s cousin, Adaku Odemelam who was killed by a stray bullet during a shootout on the 14th of September is set to be buried today.
She is alledgedly among the victims killed during the military invasion in Umuahia, Abia state


Policeman called to investigate burglary steals cash, ATM cards, wallet from crime scene

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A Florida police deputy has been accused of stealing cash, credit cards and a wallet from a crime scene.
Orange County Sheriff’s Capt. Angelo Nieves tells local news outlets that Deputy Joseph Suheil Haddad was arrested Tuesday following an internal affairs investigation which found that he’d used the credit cards illegally.
Officials say Haddad responded to a burglary on Sunday, which evolved into a drug investigation.
The person who reported the burglary, Sammy Shehata, was then arrested. When that man asked deputies if he could gather his belongings, he noticed that items including $1,750 in cash and the credit cards were missing.
Shehata said Haddad was inside the house when he went to retrieve his things. “He even said, ‘Well, I don’t have it.’ It’s not like I asked him if he had it,” said Shehata.
An investigation was launched against Haddad, and Osceola County deputies discovered the cards had been used in their jurisdiction.
Shehata said when he got out of jail, he had notifications from his bank that his credit cards had been used, so he reported it to the sheriff’s office.
Osceola County deputies assisted with the investigation, which led to Haddad’s arrest following a search of his home. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail on a grand theft charge.
According to the charging affidavit, Haddad and his wife were seen on camera using Shehata’s cards at Target and Walmart stores in Osceola County.
The report said they bought a baby crib, baby monitor, clothing, household goods and other baby supplies.
When questioned, Haddad told investigators he accidentally took the wallet while processing evidence and that it wasn’t until he got to Target that he realised he was using someone else’s credit card.
Haddad was relieved of his duty without pay and he was stripped of his law enforcement authority.
He was hired by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in April 2016.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said in a statement Wednesday, “The facts in this case are troubling to me. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is not a place for a liar or thief to work.
“I am committed to ensuring that such individuals are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and that they will be fired.”

Costa to return to Atletico from Chelsea

Diego Costa
Chelsea and Atletico Madrid announced Thursday that they had reached an initial agreement that would see Diego Costa return to the La Liga club.
“Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa,” the Spanish side said in a statement.
“The agreement is pending the formalisation of the contract between our club and the Spanish international forward.
“The English club has authorised Diego Costa to travel to Madrid in the coming days to undergo medical tests and settle his contract with our club.”
Chelsea said they had “agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa”.
“The transfer will be subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical.”
Costa, 28, has been frozen out by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and spent the transfer window angling for a return to former club Atletico that never materialised.
Both Marca and Mundo Deportivo newspapers earlier said the two clubs had sealed a deal for the Brazil-born forward’s return to Spain until 2021.
The deal was worth 60 million euros ($71.3m), according to AS, while Marca said Atletico will pay 55m euros with a further 10m euros in add-ons.
Costa will not, however, find himself straight back in action, with Atletico officially banned from signing new players until January.
Costa was not included in Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the Champions League group phase, ironically drawn in Group C along with Atletico. That ensured he would not become cup-tied and therefore remains free to play in the competition for another team in the second part of the season.

Baidu announces $1.5bn fund for autonomous driving

Baidu's Self-Driving Car. Source: Google
Chinese internet giant Baidu on Thursday announced a $1.5 billion investment in autonomous driving projects over the next three years, as it seeks to diversify its portfolio and compete with rivals such as Google.
Over the next three years, the “Apollo Fund” will invest 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) in over 100 autonomous driving projects, the company said in a press release.
Baidu’s search engine dominates the Chinese internet, and online ads are a key revenue stream.
But since crackdown by authorities on its online advertising business after a much-publicized scandal last year over the promotion of a fake medical treatment, “China’s Google” is seeking to focus on artificial intelligence, investing heavily in the sector.
Baidu hopes to be the first to develop a vehicle capable of driving itself via powerful software and sensors.
The technological coup would help the Chinese firm compete with Google parent company Alphabet and Waymo, its subsidiary specializing in self-driving cars, as well as American car manufacturer Tesla.
Baidu launched an initial version of an open-source autonomous driving platform known as “Apollo” in July.
At the time, celebrity CEO Robin Li took one of the semi-autonomous vehicles for a joy-ride on a Beijing highway, livestreaming his trip to a packed auditorium of developers and calling the ride “very smooth.”
On Thursday, Baidu announced a new version of the platform, “Apollo 1.5,” which enables cars to “perform autonomous driving capabilities in designated lanes, perfectly recognizing obstacles and passengers and making optimal driving decisions even at night.”
“Apollo” has already gathered 70 partners both in China and abroad, it added.
Baidu has previously tested its cars close to its campus in Beijing’s northwest without incident, and is working with China’s government to develop rules for self-driving cars, which currently exist in a legal grey area.
The “Apollo Fund” is jointly established by the software giant and the Yangtze River Industry Fund, an investment program run by the Hubei provincial government

Four killed as fire razes building in Kano

Four members of a family of five,  lost their lives on Thursday when a raging fire, engulfed some residential buildings in Tudun Murtala quarters in Nasarrawa Local Government Area of Kano State.
The fire was said to have started some few minutes after midnight in a compound where petrol was stored, and thereafter spread to other buildings killing the four persons.
Some other family members were reported to have sustained injuries including a fire fighter who was part of the team deployed in the scene.
According to eyewitnesses, volunteers who rushed to the scene before the arrival of fire fighters used sand to combat the fire due to the unavailability of water in the area.
The Kano State Director of Fire Service, Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed Rilwan, who confirmed the incident, disclosed that one of his officers, suffered severe burns, while others, who also  suffered injuries were rushed to the hospital for prompt medical attention

My husband is good, loyal, loving —Wife whose toes, fingers were hacked for seeking divorce

Tiperia and husband, Atinae Afamiliona. SUN photos
A wife whose two fingers and toes were hacked by her husband for asking for a divorce has told a court that her assailant was a good, loyal husband and a loving father.
She added that she had forgiven him for the sake of their children.
The courts would have none of that, though.
Forty-five-year-old Tiperia Afamiliona, in a Victim Impact Statement sent to a court in Sydney, Australia, in which she wrote, “For myself, I have forgiven him so I can move forward. This does not mean it is okay.”
Tiperia’s 50-year-old husband, Atinae Afamiliona was, however, sentenced to nine-year imprisonment and would be granted a parole after serving six years.
Atinae attacked his wife with a machete on the corner of Raby and Campbel ltown roads in Western Sydney on August 29 last year, The SUN reports.
The couple were driving home when they began discussing their relationship and Tiperia suggested that they separate. The husband, in rage, pulled a machete from under the car seat and began attacking his wife.
He struck her at least 10 times, hacking at her arms and hands, which she raised to protect herself. When Tiperia managed to crawl under their car in a bid to escape him,  he continued hacking at her exposed legs.
Acting Judge Grogin branded the violence “a brutal, unprovoked, unabated, unrelenting, vicious attack on the victim who, at the time, was trying to protect herself and trying to escape the perpetrator by crawling under the car.”
At an earlier hearing, Tiperia wrote a letter supporting her husband and asking for leniency on behalf of herself and their three children.
She wrote: “I have also come to terms and accepted that I too played my part in the unfolding of this unfortunate nightmare.
“My husband is a good man. He is a loyal man. He is a loving father and husband who has always provided for his family.”
Ms Afamiliona’s support for her husband, however, was more reserved in her Victim Impact Statement which was tendered on Thursday.
“Before this happened, I was a very independent woman … Whenever I go out, I hide my hands so no one can see. I see my scars every day and that makes me feel angry …”
She said the attack had divided her family and she now feels alone and sad.
Acting Judge Grogin said Atinae’s history of domestic violence showed his “willingness to flout the law.” Atinae had three previous domestic violence offences on his record.
“These offences were slapping a five-year-old girl across the face and dragging her by her ponytail, throwing a beer bottle at his wife and threatening her with a knife and breaching an Apprehended Violence Order by going to his wife’s home against court orders.”
With regard to Mrs. Afamiliona’s decision to forgive her husband, Acting Judge Grogin quoted the Court of Criminal Appeal Judgement of R v Glen which argued against giving leniency to a domestic violence offender if the victim forgives them.
“The court must send a signal to domestic violence offenders that, regardless of self-interest denying forgiveness on the part of their victims, those victims will nevertheless receive the full protection of the law.”
Acting Judge Grogin said domestic violence was inexcusable. “Family members of all ages should feel safe and free from harm in their own home,” he ruled.
Afamiliona will be eligible for parole on August 29, 2022

Turkey jails 14 lawyers representing imprisoned hunger strikers

President of Turkey, Recep Erdogan
A Turkish court on Thursday jailed on terror charges 14 lawyers representing two detained teachers who have been on hunger strike for six months after being sacked in a mass crackdown.
The case of Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca has become a rallying cause for critics of the purge that followed a failed bid in July 2016 to topple President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
More than 140,000 public sector employees have been suspended or sacked under a state of emergency imposed after the attempted putsch.
The pair began a hunger strike in March, were jailed on terror charges in May and went on trial on September 14 but were not present in court amid growing concerns over their health.
Sixteen lawyers from the Office of People’s Rights (HHB) that represents them were initially detained two days before the start of the trial, raising questions over the timing.
After questioning, an Istanbul court ordered 14 of the lawyers to be imprisoned on charges of “membership of an armed terror group.” Two were allowed to go free.
They are accused of links to the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), an outlawed Marxist group that has carried out sporadic attacks.
The HHB is also accused of being part of the DHKP-C, with its lawyers known by the codename “sportsman” within the group.
Gulmen and Ozakca have also been charged over involvement in the DHKP-C, accusations they vehemently deny as does the HHB.
“We only have one answer, to organise ourselves even more and to step up our fight for justice,” the HHB wrote on its Twitter account.
The next hearing in the trial of Gulmen, an academic and Ozakca, a former primary school teacher, will take place on September 28.
The pair are only consuming salted or sugared water, herbal teas and vitamin B1, and family members and supporters have expressed concerns over their health.
The authorities say the mass purge is needed to eradicate the influence in Turkey of US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara claims ordered the putsch — something he vehemently denies.
But critics say the crackdown has gone well beyond the alleged plotters to include anyone who dares oppose Erdogan, including Kurdish activists and leftists who had no association with Gulen.

TV journalist killed while covering protest

A young television journalist has been killed in the North-Eastern Indian state of Tripura while covering a protest, police said on Thursday.
Shantanu Bhowmick, 28, from Dinraat news channel, was attacked and abducted late Wednesday while he was at protests held by the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura, the state’s police chief AK Shukla said.
The incident took place in Mandai in West Tripura district.
Bhowmick was later found with multiple stab wounds and died by the time he reached the hospital.
Four members of the IPFT, an organisation representing tribal people, have been detained for questioning, Shukla said.
This is the second incident of a journalist being killed in India within a month.
Senior journalist and activist, Gauri Lankesh, was gunned down outside her home in Bangalore on September  5, leading to widespread protests and concern over the security of journalists.
Journalists and members of civil society held protests in Tripura capital Agartala, NDTV news channel reported